Reinventing HPC

ISC 2021 Calls for Research Paper Submissions by December 10, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany, October 12, 2020 – Submissions are now open for the ISC High Performance (ISC 2021) Research Paper Sessions. These sessions offer engineers and scientists in academia, industry, and government a unique and interactive opportunity to share their latest research in the fields of high performance computing, networking, storage, machine learning, and data analytics with the ISC audience. Submissions will be accepted through December 10, with abstracts indicating an intention to submit due on December 3.

The ISC Research Paper Sessions will be held from Monday, June 28 through Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at the ISC High Performance conference and exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany. The 2021 event expects over 3,700 international attendees and 160 exhibitors.

All submitted research papers will undergo double-blind peer review by a minimum of four reviewers. The 2021 Research Papers Committee is headed by Dr. Bradford Chamberlain from HPE, USA and Dr. Ana Lucia Varbanescu of the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Each accepted paper will receive one complimentary day pass for the presenting author on the day of the talk. In the event of being physically unable to present at ISC 2021 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, authors will be permitted to present their papers remotely.

Two best submissions will be shortlisted by the committee for the Hans Meuer Award. The authors of the winning paper will be honored with a cash prize of 3,000 euros, a certificate for the award, and the opportunity to present their work in a special awards session at ISC 2021.  

Areas of Interest

The ISC Research Papers Committee encourages the submission of high-quality papers reporting original work in theoretical, experimental, and industrial research and development. The ISC submission process will be divided into five tracks.

Architecture, Networks, & Storage   HPC Algorithms & Applications
  • Big data & data science at scale
  • Domain-specific architectures
  • Exascale systems & architectures
  • File systems & storage architecture
  • Heterogeneous system design
  • Large data visualization
  • Memory technologies & systems
  • Network technology & architecture
  • Next-generation processors, accelerators, & chips for HPC
  • Support for data-intensive computing & databases
  • Support for in-situ data analysis
  • Algorithmic-based fault tolerance
  • Communication-reducing & synchronization-reducing algorithms
  • Convergence of simulations & big data
  • Coupled simulations
  • Energy-efficient algorithms & applications
  • High-performance applications
  • Implementations on GPUs & accelerators
  • Novel algorithms for HPC
  • Scalability on future architectures
  • Time-space trade-offs in algorithms and applications
  • Workflow management
Programming Environments & Systems Software   Machine Learning, AI, & Emerging Technologies
  • Operating systems & workload management
  • Parallel programming models, languages, & compilers
  • Power, energy management, & scheduling
  • Resilience / System robustness
  • Runtime systems for HPC
  • Scalable application frameworks
  • Tools & libraries for performance & productivity at scale
  • Tools for system monitoring & administration
  • AI/Machine learning & HPC
  • Applied machine learning studies
  • HPC system design for AI & machine learning ​
  • I/O, domain-specific languages, & tools for scalable machine learning
  • Other cutting edge or emerging HPC technologies
  • Quantum computing architecture, algorithms, & software
  • Uncertainty quantification
Performance Modeling, Evaluation, & Analysis    
  • Performance engineering & optimizations
  • Performance measurement tools & techniques
  • Performance models & prediction
  • Power & energy consumption, measurement, and modeling

NOTE: Submissions on other innovative aspects of high performance computing are also welcome. You will be asked to pick a primary and a secondary track from the five above for your submission. Please refer to the call for papers on the conference website for full submission guidelines.

Important Dates

  Abstract Submission Deadline December 3, 2020
  Paper Submission Deadline December 10, 2020
  Author Rebuttals February 10–17, 2021
  Notification of Acceptance March 2, 2021
  Camera-Ready Submission April 25, 2021
  Research Paper Sessions June 28–30, 2021
  Final Presentation Slides in PDF due July 2, 2021


The publication of the papers is managed by Proceedings Chair Dr. Hatem Ltaief from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia and Proceedings Deputy Chair Piotr Luszczek of University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA.

All accepted research papers will be published free of any fee as part of Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). The papers will be downloaded for free from Springer’s website for a limited time after ISC 2021. Authors may also opt to publish open access versions of their papers through Springer if desired - please refer to Springer’s website for further information and pricing.

The proceedings will be indexed in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI), part of Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science, EI Engineering Index (Compendex and Inspec databases), ACM Digital Library, DBLP, Google Scholar, IO-Port, MathSciNet, Scopus and Zentralblatt MATH.

For more information please contact the ISC Research Paper Committee.


About ISC High Performance

First held in 1986, ISC High Performance is the world’s oldest and Europe’s most important conference and networking event for the HPC community. It offers a strong five-day technical program focusing on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments. ISC High Performance attracts engineers, IT specialists, system developers, vendors, scientists, researchers, students, journalists, and other members of the HPC global community. The exhibition draws decision-makers from automotive, finance, defense, aeronautical, gas & oil, banking, pharmaceutical and other industries, as well those providing hardware, software and services for the HPC community.

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